My Moon Tree posting.
I've found and posted a photo showing the Apollo14 capsule about to land in The Pacific Ocean on February 9, 1971. It carried the "moon tree" seeds.
"They presented a petition opposing the execution of a man set for tomorrow evening. Here are some photos, starting outside on the Capitol Stairs, ending outside the Governor's office when they met with Pam Bye, the Governor's Director of constituent Services".
Montgomery, Ala. — - A federal judge on Monday blocked Alabama from executing an inmate who says the state lost his paperwork requesting an alternative to lethal injection.
U.S. District Judge R. Austin Huffaker, Jr. issued a preliminary injunction to block the state from executing Alan Miller on Thursday by any method other than nitrogen hypoxia, an untested method Miller says he requested but Alabama isn't ready to use. Miller was sentenced to die after being convicted of killing three people in a 1999 workplace shooting.
The ruling blocks Alabama from carrying out the lethal injection that had been set for Thursday. However, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall will appeal the decision, Mike Lewis, a spokesman for Marshall, wrote in an email.
"Miller, a delivery truck driver, was convicted in the 1999 workplace shootings that killed Lee Holdbrooks, Scott Yancy and Terry Jarvis in suburban Birmingham. Miller shot Holdbrooks and Yancy at one business and then drove to another location to shoot Jarvis, evidence showed.
A defense psychiatrist said Miller was delusional and suffered from severe mental illness but his condition wasn't bad enough to use as a basis for an insanity defense under state law."
FULL CBS News STORY is HERE.
The military commission tasked with considering new names is out with its official recommendations:
N.Y. Times reports: "Fort Rucker, in Alabama, would become Fort Novosel, after Michael Novosel, who gave up the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve and became a chief warrant officer in the Army, which deployed him to Vietnam. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery while conducting a medical evacuation under fire during the Vietnam War."
The paper quotes the former president trump's opposition: “My Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations,” he said on Twitter at the time. “Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with. Respect our Military!”
FULL N.Y. Times story is HERE.
20,000,000,000,000,000, or 20,000 trillion — reveals ants’ astonishing ubiquity even as scientists grow concerned a possible mass die off of insects could upend ecosystems."
FULL Washington Post story is HERE.
The Washington Post reports....
"Even in places with strong pro-vaccine sentiments, few young children have received shots..."
"In Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi — which occupy the bottom of the list — the rates are even more dismal: less than 0.2 percent. Health officials worry that the lackluster vaccination uptake might leave the nation vulnerable to coronavirus clusters in the fall and winter."
Last year, Governor Ivey blamed unvaccinated adults:
“It’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down.”
Yet she refused, and is continuing to refuse to require vaccinations...for adults or children. Only 52% of the Alabama population is fully vaccinated.
According to a new report from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General:
27% of Alabama children on Medicaid received at least one prescription opioid (27%), the highest percentage in the six Appalachian States.
(See the full report HERE) (Look at Appendix "B")
When I-85 and I-65 were completed through Montgomery, the road projects destroyed a longstanding black neighborhood in the capitol city. And it wasn't the only place that happened. As The Washington Post reports this week, steps are being taken to repair some of the damage done with similar projects in Detroit:
For years, Detroit leaders worked on a plan to fill in the highway trench, turning Interstate 375 into a mile-long boulevard. On Thursday, the Biden administration announced it would give Michigan a helping hand in the form of a $105 million grant.
The award is the biggest step the administration has taken toward helping to remove an aging highway, fulfilling — in one community, at least — a goal the White House set when it announced infrastructure plans early last year."
(FULL Washington Post story HERE)
In case you missed it, as the N.Y. Times reports:
"Yeshiva University abruptly announced on Friday that it had placed all undergraduate club activities on hold, the latest maneuver in the legal battle by the Modern Orthodox Jewish institution to keep from recognizing an L.G.B.T.Q. student group."
Shades of Alabama in the 1960's!
Same with swimming pools in the state. Shut 'em down rather than let black people share them.
Hope the leaders of Yeshiva University are comfortable being in old Alabama company.
All kinds of media have been reporting colored candies are being spread around to get kids to take Fentanyl.
Dealers want to sell to kids?...who generally don't have much cash on them anyway? And at the same time, dealers give the drug away by disguising it to look like sidewalk chalk that kids will pick up and absorb through skin contact.
The allegations don't make much sense, but that hasn't stopped the media from picking up on the stories, using scary headlines like this:"...the DEA hasn’t revealed evidence that the colors are intended specifically to attract children. Fentanyl has come in colors for years, and some research has found that color is one of the ways drug users identify illicit drugs’ potency. “It’s actually keeping them safe, because they know what they’re getting for each color,” says Jon E. Zibbell, a senior public health analyst at RTI International, a nonprofit research institute promoting science-based solutions for public-health issues..."
Covid Hospitalization rate
14-day change: 21% decrease
Hospitalizations per 100,000 people: 11
Alabama has the
Second Lowest vaccination rate in the U.S.
Number of people fully vaccinated: 2,560,721
Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 52.2
In last place?
Number of people fully vaccinated: 300,639
Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 51.9)
Alabama has the
6th highest death rate:
Deaths per 100,000: 0.24
Daily average deaths: 11.9
Louisiana ranks dead last, coming in as the most-polluted state in the U.S., according to EPA information on WGN website:
FULL REPORT HERE.